Jenner & Block

"Keystone: Diversity & Discrimination as Legal Ethics Issues with Gail Morse and Lea S. Gutierrez,” University of Chicago Law School Dean of Students Office Event

Jenner & Block Partner Gail H. Morse will discuss legal ethics issues relating to diversity and discrimination on the bases including race, national origin, gender, transgender issues, sexual orientation and disability.  The ABA is considering possible amendments to Model Rule 8.4 to further clarify lawyers' discrimination obligations, and many state legal ethics codes specifically discuss lawyers' obligations to foster nondiscrimination and diversity, taking a variety of approaches.  Ms. Morse and fellow panelist Lea S. Gutierrez, senior litigation counsel with the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, will examine the current landscape and provide a variety of perspectives in response to a series of hypotheticals reflecting difficult questions that lawyers and students may encounter related to ethics.  The program will be held on February 4, 2016, at the University of Chicago Law School.

Ms. Morse, a member of the firm’s Tax Practice, is a long-time advocate for advancing LGBT awareness and civil rights.  In 2015, she was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership and the Board of Directors of Lambda Legal.  She is a former vice-chair of the Board of Directors for the Chicago-based Women’s Treatment Center, former commissioner on the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues and a former chair of WILPOWER, the political action committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.

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